TV: “Radioactive cover-up” at Fukushima — Experts believe “other sources of contamination” are flowing into ocean — Emergency hearing with plant officials — “TEPCO decided long ago there was no need to monitor” the water with high-level radioactive materials (VIDEO)

Published: March 1st, 2015 at 3:50 pm ET


Asahi Shimbun, Feb 28, 2015 (emphasis added): The nation’s nuclear watchdog body slammed [TEPCO] over its failure to disclose information on the leakage of radioactive rainwater into the sea… TEPCO President Naomi Hirose… apologized profusely… TEPCO became aware more than a year ago that the concentration of radioactive materials in the water flowing… was high [first disclosing it to regulators] January 2014… TEPCO continued to conceal details, including the fact that the concentration became high whenever it rained… However, TEPCO had decided long ago there was no need to monitor rainwater for radioactive materials.

NHK transcript, Feb 27, 2015 : Experts and local government officials visited the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to examine sources of contaminated water flowing into the seaExperts urged the operator to investigate whether rooftops of other reactor buildings are also sources of tainted water.

Yomiuri Shimbun, Feb 26, 2015: NRA chief slams TEPCO for data reporting delay… after rainwater contaminated with high-level radioactive materials leaked… into the sea… TEPCO reported in January last year that the radioactivity concentration in that trench was higher… TEPCO at last announced… high-level radioactivity [in water] on the rooftop of the No. 2 reactor building… might be one of the sources of contamination… The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry… pointed out the likelihood of there being other sources of contamination… The Fisheries Agency on Wednesday conducted an emergency hearing with TEPCO officials… and told the utility firm to take measures to minimize damage impacting marine products… “We urge TEPCO to make details clear.”

Japan Times, Feb 26, 2015: [Tepco] admitted Thursday that its latest problem with radioactive water has shattered the trust it was building in Fukushima… and that the decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 plant might be delayed [after] the surge in radiation detected in the water draining into the sea… The utility said the source of the contamination is the roof of the No. 2 reactor building, which… remains heavily contaminated.

Naohiro Masuda, head of Tepco’s unit in charge of scrapping Fukushima Daiichi: “The trust of the people in Fukushima is the most important thing… we have damaged that trust… Due to the damaged trust, all of the schedules for the decommissioning tasks could be delayed.”

Arirang, Feb 26, 2015: Tokyo under fire for alleged cover-up of radioactive water — [TEPCO] is under heavy fire for staying silent over a radioactive leak… flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

Watch Arirang’s broadcast here | Watch NHK’s broadcast here

Published: March 1st, 2015 at 3:50 pm ET


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165 comments to TV: “Radioactive cover-up” at Fukushima — Experts believe “other sources of contamination” are flowing into ocean — Emergency hearing with plant officials — “TEPCO decided long ago there was no need to monitor” the water with high-level radioactive materials (VIDEO)

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Anyone get a 32% raise since 2005? 🙂 Bend over baby!

    21.17 x (times) average income increase in costs since 1970! 🙁

    Per capita citizen needs to make $300,000+ each per year to stay up with these current healthcare costs!

    Everybody making $300,000.00+ per year? Nope!

    We are all being robbed..

    • mt1000

      My mom moved to a small island many decades ago … on the European healthcare system. Even though she never changed her citizenship when she got old she got FREE
      Dr. visits, house-calls
      hospital bed for home
      hospital stay
      at home visiting nursing care
      emergency services
      paper products

      Americans are crazy to tolerate insurance co.s running their sick for-profit care system! And it is much cheaper for a visiting nurse to come visit elders than it is to kidnap them and put them in "homes".
      Yeah, all that free stuff was from 'govument run health system'.

      Only had to pay for Tylenol.

    • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

      For-profit health insurance is the biggest conflict of interest I know of. Corporations exist solely to make profits. Health insurers have a clear incentive (profit) to deny as many claims (costs) as they can get away with. Obamacare was a blatant giveaway to the health insurance industry who are now assured of making obscene profits due to this terrible law. Where is the single payer not-for-profit communal healthcare insurance option??? Without campaign finance reform we will never eliminate these evil industries like for-profit healthcare and nuclear energy. Makers of chemotherapy drugs are making a killing btw. Which companies invest in both nuclear and chemo??? Now that is evil

  • rogerthat

    Federal Government calls for site nominations for nuclear waste dump
    By Xavier La Canna

    Landowners have a chance to nominate their property to become Australia's first nuclear waste dump and states and territories will not be able to veto the decision, under a process begun by the Federal Government. …

    The statement from Mr Macfarlane's office said once the nominations were complete and a preferred site was identified, the Government would engage with the nearest community and discuss a package of benefits of the potential construction and "operational requirements". …

    – ha ha ha, The Lucky Country …

  • Jebus Jebus

    Yep, just eat it…

    All Nippon Airways serves food from Fukushima in Taste of Japan promotion

    For those who haven't forgotten the catastrophic March 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, the thought of munching on peaches from the area isn't very appealing. But this fruit along with tomatoes, beef, and rice wine from Fukushima is being served on All Nippon Airways flights over the next three months, according to a local newspaper report.

    It's part of the airline's "Taste of Japan" campaign.

    How come you're always such a fussy young man
    Don't want no Captain Crunch, don't want no Raisin Bran
    Well, don't you know that other kids are starving in Japan
    So eat it, just eat it…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Aren't all those radioactive food stuffs/goods being transported to all the American grocery stores too? 🙂

    • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

      Hillary signed a dead with Japan to do just that right atfer 3-11-2011, funny how they all those papers ready a day after the quake, what did they know? & soon if things work out as planned because as soon as O gave the net to the FCC, his site was hit big time.
      Folks you need to read & 3/4/2015, it will blow your mind at the stuff you might learn, I ask? Why is the Truth HATED by DC? The rest of the world knows, Canada will know, but the USA has the Iron Curtain Dropped on our butts.
      Peace, no wars, no more WARS, put the politicians in a Ring, if they jump out, toss back in with the LIONS! PU LIONS………

  • bowling

    probably a lot going to dollar stores at first. hard to test food without a pancake gm tube. then it is still hard. an old time ion chamber works a little.

  • bowling

    probably also.going to food pantries. who needs aliens when you got bloodthirsty radioactive morlocks running things.

  • Jebus Jebus

    They/we? probably have a plan penciled in here somewhere…

    Signed, sealed, and delivered…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Let's lock these people up for cutting other people's hair for a very long time…control of the herds is paramount. 🙂

    But then, lets let all these guys and gals run free and make gobs of money hand over fist from Radioactive Poison distribution all over the planet we call Earth? 🙁 No controls what so ever..,+mutations+and+deformities&espv=2&biw=995&bih=517&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Cwv1VJHjC4HUoASm84GYCg&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

  • Jebus Jebus

    Deep thoughts, by, why are those black helicopters above my house?
    Why is my tinfoil hat rusting?

    I wonder, what is the possibility that somehow an errant misbehaved nuclear weapon had to be ditched deep, on a certain spring day, out in the Pacific?

    Irony happens…

  • hbjon hbjon

    Me say day, me say day, me say day. Daylight come and me want to go home.

  • bowling

    I could not read that pdf but probably so. So much we do not know. I was in the heart of spooky stuff nevada, arizona, utah, new mexico. Used to launch missle for old ABM program in part of that area. I cannot say what but there was other testing than abm stuff. I dated a Russion lady that was a doctor in a port where a Russian nuclear sub blewup. Permanent health problem I will not discuss here.

  • rogerthat

    Algerians suffering from French atomic legacy, 55 years after nuke tests
    Compensation scheme has aided very few people, as Saharan residents experience cancers, blindness and birth defects

    March 1, 2015
    by Johnny Magdaleno @johnny_mgdlno

    Ahmed el-Hadj Hamadi was huddled into a building with the rest of his community by French soldiers early in the morning. They were instructed to lie down, close their eyes and cover their ears. He then remembers a sound like “the world coming to an end” and the windows turning white. A cord above their prone bodies swung erratically until the light bulb it held shattered.

    “I thought it was the apocalypse. We all did,” he said. “We all thought we might die.” Later, the French military began tasking out labor to residents in the isolated desert region of Algeria. “They had built a kind of village at the explosion area, and even put animals in it,” Hamadi added. “After the blast we were sent out to gather all the rubbish. The ground was all burned, white, liquid.”

    To nomadic communities around the town of Reggane, they’re known more than half a century later as “leopard skins” — stretches of sand across Algeria’s southern Sahara that are peppered with small black clumps. People used to collect scrap metal from the charred warplanes and trucks that emerge, fossil-like, …

    • rogerthat

      and then smelt them into jewelry and kitchen utensils.

      But these Algerians were not properly warned of their danger after France’s misgoverned nuclear bomb-testing campaign of the early 1960s, which vitrified vast tracts of desert with heat and plutonium and left a legacy of uncontained radiation that is still crippling inhabitants. Estimates of the number of Algerians affected by testing range from 27,000 — cited by the French Ministry of Defense — to 60,000, the figure given by Abdul Kadhim al-Aboudi, an Algerian professor of nuclear physics.

      Yet there has been little accountability for France’s disregard. A compensation scheme for victims of France’s nuclear tests exists, but it has made payouts to only 17 people. The majority of those were residents of French Polynesia, where France relocated its nuclear testing campaign after leaving Algeria and experimented with more than 190 nuclear bombs from 1966 to 1996.

      An Algerian wire report recently stated that French officials will visit Algeria during the next month to strengthen ties between the two countries, with the compensation process being one point of discussion. But French officials have not confirmed the date.

      Legacy of contamination

      France tested its first nuclear bomb in the Tanezrouft area, a portion of the Sahara that straddles Algeria and Mali, some 30 miles south of Reggane, …

  • rogerthat

    on Feb. 13, 1960. Named Gerboise Bleue (“blue jerboa”) after the left hue of the tricolor French flag and a small rodent living in the Sahara, it had a blast capacity of 70 kilotons — or more than four times the strength of Little Boy, the U.S. bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

    In a two years, the French tested four bombs aboveground in Tanezrouft. But even after Algeria’s independence from France in 1962, at the end of an eight-year revolutionary war that left hundreds of thousands dead, the French maintained a military presence in the region and tested 13 nuclear bombs underground, in a facility beneath the Hoggar mountains, 400 miles southeast of Reggane.

    That angers many who point to what they see as an ongoing disaster in Algeria. “This area is still one of the most affected,” said Roland Desbordes, president of the Commission for Independent Research and Information about Radiation, who has visited the blast sites with Algerian journalists and nuclear experts multiple times. “It’s frequented by desert nomads. There’s a well that they use near Tan Afella Mountain,” a peak that rises directly above the underground testing site.

    When France finally left, it buried a range of contaminated objects throughout the two areas — metal from remote-controlled towers that activated the bombs, engine parts from planes that flew into Gerboise Bleue’s mushroom cloud to gather radiation data and military-grade trucks placed in the blast radius …

    • rogerthat

      to act as barometers of its power. But Saharan winds later swept away the sand covering these nuclear tombs.

      Southern Algerians — the vast majority of whom were never informed by the French about residual radiation hazards and in some cases the testing dates — began stripping the items for resources.

      “The fact that people were not aware of the dangers of this material for years is criminal,” said Larbi Benchiha, a French-Algerian journalist who was born in Algeria a year before Gerboise Bleue and has made two documentaries on Reggane and the surrounding areas. Benchiha did not learn about the nuclear tests until 1996 — 16 years after he moved to France.

      “From the abandoned nuclear testing bases, people have recovered plates, beams, electrical cables and equipment of all kinds, all of which is radioactive,” he continued. “They have incorporated them into the construction of their homes.”

      Residents of Reggane told Benchiha about the strange uptick of medical issues that first appeared during the 1970s and continue to this day. Babies born with atrophied limbs; cancers of the liver, stomach and skin; cases of temporary blindness among those who saw the brutal flash of light as it ripped through the Maghreb about 6:30 a.m. Some of Reggane’s faithful were in the middle of their Islamic morning prayers when it happened 55 years ago.

      Compensation for exposure

      The French government has remained relatively quiet on the matter, even as criticism …

      • rogerthat

        of the country’s disregard for safe nuclear containment practices mounted in France, Algeria and abroad.

        Algerian nuclear energy expert Ammar Mansouri described the tests as “the most despicable crimes perpetrated by colonial France in Algeria” during a conference in the capital, Algiers, earlier this month. He demanded that France, which signed a retroactive International Atomic Energy Association treaty on radioactive waste management in 1997, face international law.

        In 2010 administrative progress was made when the French National Assembly approved a compensation plan for victims of its nuclear testing campaigns in Algeria and French Polynesia, which set aside approximately $11 million to be divided among recipients.

        Activists and nuclear experts have since derided the plan, which is governed within the framework of what’s known as the Morin law, as more of a diplomatic attempt at saving face than a motion toward recompense. Modest estimates suggest that since 1960, at least 150,000 people have lived in, near or traveled through areas where France has tested atomic arms.

        “Every case is considered by a team of doctors, experts in the field, and the committee itself,” said a representative from the official Committee for Compensation of Nuclear Test Victims (CIVEN), who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

        As of December 2014, 931 people have applied for compensation. The average amount issued thus far is about $80,000 per person,…

        • rogerthat

          but that number can vary widely, he reported.

          Some applicants wait a year or more before hearing results. “If submitted from France, the applications may take anywhere from eight to 12 months to process,” he said. “If submitted outside France, that process could take longer, due to the intricate review process and the distance between CIVEN headquarters and where the applicants live.”

          Victims have to prove they meet a number of criteria to be approved. They need to have been diagnosed with one of 18 radiation-associated diseases, mostly cancers, and be able to demonstrate that they spent time in a specific area delineated by CIVEN with latitude and longitude coordinates. Then they have to estimate monetary values that correspond to how much the suffering has harmed their health and professional life.

          A similar compensation program established by the United States has granted more monetary awards than it has denied.

          Like France’s National Assembly, the U.S. Congress took nearly 50 years to ratify a program recognizing those who suffer from illnesses related to nuclear testing or uranium mining, which proliferated in the western part of the country during the 1950s. Since it was established in 1990, that program, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, has rewarded almost $2 billion to 42,000 citizens — about 70 percent …

          • rogerthat

            of applicants.

            The U.K. has faced similar criticism for failing to compensate indigenous populations in Australia, where it tested two nuclear bombs on the Monte Bello Islands and at least seven in the south, at Maralinga. In 1993 it granted nearly $30 million to the Australian government to cover plaintiffs who claimed death or injury as a result of radiation.

            Yet in Saharan Algeria, France’s failure to disclose to local residents the extent of contamination in surrounding areas positioned them for decades of ignorance, and as a result, there has been little record keeping by local medical institutions to track the quiet boom of radiation illnesses.

            “Doctors at the hospital Reggane have no statistics, no epidemiological studies,” said Benchiha. “It is the same in Hoggar, where several French soldiers were severely irradiated in 1962 after a bomb blast was not properly contained.”

            For many who lived in Reggane the week before Feb. 13, 1960, the only record of their radiation was captured by a necklace. When French troops visited populations the day before Gerboise Bleue, they issued dosimeters on chains to be worn around the neck. A few days later, the troops returned. They collected the necklaces, wrote down who wore them and left, keeping the data for their analyses but never returning to let residents know of the invisible danger that would soon afflict them.

            Hamadi, who has lived within 50 miles of France’s aboveground blast sites since before the tests,…

            • rogerthat

              told Al Jazeera he was completely unaware of any French compensation plan.

              “The French are our brothers … But we just want the protection we need,” he said. “We need proper communication, medical evaluations, protections and payment for the damages. No one has helped us.”

              Additional reporting from Paris by Richard Aldersley.

              • nedlifromvermont

                awesome link rogerthat … as always …

                we learn together … we help each other …

                we will surely die together … but not before we have taken a colossal swipe at the criminal nuclear cabal in all its varieties … esp. French, British and American …

                peace on you lad!

  • rogerthat

    Nuke veteran's crippled daughter told to go on the dole if she wants help
    28 February 2015 By Susie Boniface

    Shelly Grigg who suffers from a genetic disease from her H-bomb test victim dad has been refused benefits and could be kicked out of her home …

    Shelly’s Royal Engineer dad Roy died of cancer in 2001 after inhaling toxic fallout particles from a 1958 Christmas Island blast.

    Radiation is known to cause birth defects and Shelly developed rheumatoid arthritis at 15 and stomach growths at 30 that need regular ops. She now has a crumbling spine and is on morphine. …

    The benevolent fund Shelly is fighting for would help her and about 130,000 descendants of test veterans. About 32,000 are thought to have serious congenital defects …

  • rogerthat

    March 1, 1954: Massive nuclear test triggers fallout fears across the Pacific

    On this day in 1954, the United States conducted its largest ever nuclear weapon test, code-named Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. …

  • rogerthat

    – read the comments. a sample;

    Kathy Williams Johnson · Aiken, South Carolina

    I think Brad Hutto has lost his mind to actually even consider putting an even higher-level radioactive waste into something, not lined AND already LEAKING!

    I thought he was a conservationist and one politician that actually cared. Our beautiful state does NOT need to continue to be dumped on.

    The leaking has never been controlled, nothing ever gets cleaned up and now this! Totally wrong! We ALL should be protecting our very precious water supply not allowing greed to prevail.

    Reply · · 2 · February 28 at 2:40pm

  • rogerthat

    Leonard Nimoy sent a telegram to JFK urging him to rethink nuclear space tests

  • rogerthat

    Underground nuclear waste sites fail
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 08:00
    in Columns
    By Graham Saunders
    Thunder Bay

    The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) continues its search to find an “informed and willing host community” that will accept all of Canada’s high-level nuclear waste. …

    One of the complaints by a community member about the process is that the NWMO only presents industry-based information: “I don't want my community to know just what NWMO wants them to know.”

    Perhaps a new chapter began on Feb. 11. The Schreiber Citizen’s Liaison Committee invited Dr. Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) to make a presentation.

    Edwards has degrees in physics and mathematics, and has nearly four decades of work with various panels, inquiries and commissions considering the problems of nuclear waste. He is often asked to share his expertise in international attempts to cope with this global dilemma. …

    • rogerthat

      The evening meeting, attended by about 100 people, began with a review on nuclear power and reactor processes.

      According to Edwards, “There are hundreds of radioactive poisons with distinct biological pathways. We do not know how to destroy or neutralize these wastes.”

      Edwards went on to discuss some of the problems being encountered with nuclear waste management in other countries. The United States has made eight separate attempts to find a suitable site to store high level-level nuclear waste; all have ended in failure. There is currently no operating underground facility in the world for high-level wastes.

      According to Edwards, there have been serious problems with facilities for storing less dangerous mid-level nuclear wastes. Germany is retrieving nuclear waste from two collapsing storage facilities at great expense. “Just last year, in the state of New Mexico, a nuclear waste container exploded in an underground repository, bringing that facility to a standstill until 2018 at least.”

      Edwards commented on the lack of independence of the NWMO. He recalled recommendations from the Ontario Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning in 1978: “Continuous monitoring of waste disposal research should be undertaken by an independent panel of experts.”

      The Nuclear Fuel Waste Management and Disposal Concept Environmental Assessment Panel recommended in 1998 that any agency be “separate from the nuclear industry and report regularly to the Parliament of Canada.”…

      • rogerthat

        Instead, in 2002 the federal government required that the producers and owners of nuclear waste establish a waste management organization.

        The producers and owners appoint the board of directors which has significant representation from within the industry — current or retired.

        The NWMO reports to the minister of natural resources, not the House of Commons. The Ministry of Natural Resources has routinely promoted nuclear power nationally and internationally.

        The nuclear waste facility is a major budget item; $24 billion according to the NWMO estimate. Such an investment, Edwards observed, could tempt a corporation to offset costs by selling goods or services: 1) The sale of extracted plutonium from the waste for use as reactor fuel, or 2) levying a charge to accept nuclear waste from other countries.

        Canada, unlike Finland or Sweden, does not have legally-binding prohibitions against either option.

        The future of the nuclear energy industry depends on finding an acceptable solution for nuclear waste.

        The protection of future generations from the hazards of nuclear waste is vital. However, nuclear wastes will be dangerous for millennia and there is a disturbing lack of precedent.

        “Humans have never safely ‘disposed’ of anything,” Edwards noted at the meeting. “Abandoning the wastes is no solution as safety remains unproven.” …

        • rogerthat

          He presented the concept of “rolling stewardship”, developed by the U.S. National Research Council in 1995. High-level wastes are monitored and remain retrievable for the foreseeable future.

          While not a solution, this provides a management scheme until a better strategy is found.
          A lively and well-moderated question and comment session followed. For more information on the CCNR visit

          Graham Saunders is president of Environment North in Thunder Bay.

    • We Not They Finally

      The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) continues its search to find an “informed and willing" host community….

      A bit of an oxymoron, don't you think? Maybe they will just resort to bribes, like they did at WIPP. New roads for the area and lots of jobs. Because no one informed could possibly be willing.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Phew. It never ends, does it.

    Must breathe a little sanity, fresh air into this stagnant, death dealing scenario.

    The way things were meant to be ….

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Well, they bulldozed a bunch of radioactive crap into the ground at Fuku.

    Then they COVERED IT UP with dirt.

    Then, they dug up a bunch of radioactive dirt and I guess they will COVER IT UP with more dirt eventually.

    They COVERED UP the radiation hazards with higher limits.

    Then they COVERED UP the news with a state secrets act.

    When everyone is dead, I guess they'll be thrown in a hole and COVER IT UP with more dirt eventually.

    Them guys are so creative.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Oh we have had tons of creativity going on all over the planet now for the past 70 years.. 🙁

    Creativity is everywhere now..

  • Cisco Cisco

    James Conca thinks he's solved the waste storage problem. It's so good you can drill the holes anywhere! This is all good; the Cabal will pushing this meme to answer the question, "What are we going to do with all this fu#king waste?"

    "Can't We Just Throw Our Nuclear Waste Down A Deep Hole?" or better yet "Can't We Just Throw James Conca Down A Deep Hole?"

  • Okay, maybe I'm misinterpreting the terms, but, how does one go about decommissioning a nuke-plant with melted reactor(s)? Why do they carry on with this farce?
    It all seems quite whacky to me.

  • razzz razzz

    'Deadly WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored'

    ".It was not Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but in many ways, including lives lost, it was just as horrific.

    On March 10, 1945, U.S. B-29 bombers flew over Tokyo in the dead of night, dumping massive payloads of cluster bombs equipped with a then-recent invention: napalm. A fifth of Tokyo was left a smoldering expanse of charred bodies and rubble.

    Today, a modest floral monument in a downtown park honors the spirits of the 105,400 confirmed dead, many interred in common graves…"

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